Xeriscape: Earth-Friendly Yards
Xeriscape is defined as “an attractive, sustainable landscape that conserves water and is based on sound horticultural practices.”
If you are thinking about xeriscaping your yard keep in mind that there are seven principles of Xeriscape:
1) Plan and design comprehensively - A little bit of work at the beginning can save a lot of time in the long run.
2) Evaluate soil - Make sure you have the proper pH levels and adjust your additives accordingly.
3) Create practical turf areas - Pay attention to high and low traffic areas in your yard.
4) Use appropriate plants and group according to their water needs - Look up "companion plants" that help each other out.
5) Water efficiently - Study the pattern of the sun so you know how much exposure different parts of your yard get and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
6) Use organic mulches - These are much better for the environment and your plants.
7) Practice appropriate maintenance - Know how to take care of your plants to keep them healthy. A healthy plant has a better chance of fighting of disease.
Water conservation is an important benefit of Xeriscape, and it can drastically cut down on your nonessential water use. Xeriscape can also decrease maintenance by as much as 50 percent, thanks to less mowing and more efficient watering techniques. Xeriscape is not only an attractive landscape alternative, but one that is environmentally responsible as well.